Bikita RDC chairperson Clara Makura (in gown) poses for a picture with councillors and staff after the prize giving ceremony
NYIKA - "People need to be appreciated for the hard work and commitment they give to the organisation."
These were the words of Bikita Rural District Council (RDC) chief executive officer (CEO) Peter Chibi during a long serving awards ceremony held at council offices last week in honour of staff members who served between 15 and 30 years.
Councillors who served two consecutive terms were also given a token of appreciation. Councillor Makuvaza of Ward 5 was named the longest serving councillor, having consistently held onto his position since 1980.
"Today we are honouring people who have been with us for more than 15 years and we are happy with the work and dedication given. Some have given about 30 years to the council and this needs to be appreciated," said Chibi.
Chibi said due to financial constraints, they have not been able to go out of their way to get fancy gifts for the long-serving staff but only managed to buy suits for them.
"A suit is a symbol of respect and we say thank you to those who have dedicated their lives to make Bikita the place to be in as far as service delivery and ease of doing business is concerned," said Chibi.
Councillors who served two consecutive terms also got suits while every member of staff will be treated to a special Christmas present of about 5 kg of game meat.local